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Old 06-18-2008, 05:11 AM   #1
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Im new to this whole thing and want to get an old bike to start on. i dont want to spend a ton on a bike just to chop apart not even knowing if i can make it work in the end. whats the odds of getting a junkyard bike to run compared to buying one off of craigslist? anybody have any tips for finding good motor parts at the yard?
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:17 AM   #2
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Bikes show up on craigslist for damn near nothing all the time.

You could post a wanted add as a "ill haul away your old crap motorcycle" type thing...

The bike graveyard near where I live is pretty much just tht.. a graveyard.. it depends on where ya live i guess.
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if you're new to the whole thing, don't try learning on a junker. save your pennies, buy a runner.
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I've had great luck with Craigs list, both selling and buying. Last night I scored a late model peanut tank with cap that's mint, an early model tank that's 8-10, a sporty rear fender, two sporty front fenders and a hinged, FL fender, all for $150 for everything. Keep your eyes open......
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Would you attempt to learn woodworking by building a house?

Get a runner and tinker.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:11 AM   #6
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Would you attempt to learn woodworking by building a house?

Get a runner and tinker.
What if I attempted to learn woodworking by building a birdHOUSE? Does that mean I should buy a mini-bike to tinker on?
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my wife doesent let me ride minibikes in our bird house.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:38 AM   #8
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What if I attempted to learn woodworking by building a birdHOUSE? Does that mean I should buy a mini-bike to tinker on?
I don't give a shit what you do; but tegulevi knows little about bikes and thinks he can buy some pice of crap at a junkyard and turn it into a runner is a bit optimistic.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:41 AM   #9
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I don't give a shit what you do; but tegulevi knows little about bikes and thinks he can buy some pice of crap at a junkyard and turn it into a runner is a bit optimistic.
pretty much how my first bike went. but i had car experience to start with so i guess that doesnt exactly count... id say buy a runner too in this case.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:58 AM   #10
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runner it is
i have a lot of fabrication experience, just not engine work.
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yea, cause after your done cutting it up and start fucking with putting the wiring back in the bike you will always know that it ran when you bought it so theres hope.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:02 AM   #12
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yeah cuz im gonna fuck it up for sure hahaha.
atleast i expect it though
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Would you attempt to learn woodworking by building a house?

Get a runner and tinker.
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The point of having a motorcycle is to ride.

Buy something you can ride, work on it.. learn.. then, when you are ready.. build something from the ground up.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:48 AM   #14
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Junk bikes are not that hard to get going all you need to do is check for compression, if it is bad walk away if it is good then carbs need to be in order along with new tune up components oil etc all of my bikes except my burgundy shadow and the wifes two bikes looked as if they sat on the bottom of a pond for a very long time and the current bike I need to finish is actually parts from craigslist bikes and other pieces accumulated over time another cb 750 and got two more to build if I can stop building everybody elses things
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The current bike I need to finish is actually parts from craigslist bikes and other pieces accumulated over time another cb 750 and got two more to build if I can stop building everybody elses things
I have that same problem but I just keep telling myself that I'm not getting paid to fix my own bikes, so they can wait.
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I have that same problem but I just keep telling myself that I'm not getting paid to fix my own bikes, so they can wait.
at least you are getting paid to fix friends bikes.

i would say a runner too, that is what i am doing. i didn't want to get in over my head, and first and foremost i wanted to be out there riding. i plan on doing small things with this one, then moving up little by little.

maybe one day i will take on a build, but right now, i am nowhere near that level. i will stick to changing fenders and bars out, bolt on shit and light fab work.

good luck in your search.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:01 PM   #17
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Junkyards are in the business of making money, regardless of the completeness and/or shittiness of the motorcycle. Someday I'll calculate what the chances of a motorcycle ever running again once it is taken apart to the point of becoming a non-runner. Before anyone jumps down my throat, consider how many "projects" you see for sale versus nice complete runners.

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Im new to this whole thing and want to get an old bike to start on. i dont want to spend a ton on a bike just to chop apart not even knowing if i can make it work in the end. whats the odds of getting a junkyard bike to run compared to buying one off of craigslist? anybody have any tips for finding good motor parts at the yard?
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Someday I'll calculate what the chances of a motorcycle ever running again once it is taken apart to the point of becoming a non-runner.
I'd put them about the same as someone customizing a bike but keeping all the old stuff "In case I want to put it back to stock again."
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I'd put them about the same as someone customizing a bike but keeping all the old stuff "In case I want to put it back to stock again."
haha, so basically never.
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Craigslist, put in a max lowball price like 400 or whatever. Something will pop up soon. I've seen whole bikes from $75 - $250 good shape too. Some times people just want old bikes out. I am an asshole set on building a Triumph one part at a time. Got every part I needed for $2000 than I bought a magneto. Ouch! Should have bought that $75 bike and kicked in a tune up.

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